$100,000 in CARB settlement funds go to colleges, clean-air fund

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The California Air Resources Board announced that it distributed more than $100,000 to community colleges and a state clean-air fund last month as a result of settlements with 16 companies that violated clean air laws. The violations included failure to conduct smoke inspections on heavy-duty diesel vehicles, report diesel-powered cargo handling equipment, comply with trash truck regulations and install certified emissions reduction equipment on diesel engines.

These settlements, totaling $114,350, will be distributed to the California Air Pollution Control Fund and the Peralta Community College District. The fund will receive $85,762.25 for projects and research to improve California’s air quality. The remaining $28,588.75 will go to the college district to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges around the state.